September 24, 2022

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FP2 report and highlights from the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix: Dominant Verstappen frees Leclerc in the second spa practice session

Max Verstappen was the fastest man in Belgium on Friday afternoon, with the Red Bull driver putting in an astonishing performance to top the second session time table at Spa-Francorchamps, ahead of rival Charles Leclerc.

On a chilly afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps, the drivers came out for their early rides with Verstappen leading the way on the medium tire with a time of 1m 46.850sec, well ahead of the top of the FP1 standings Carlos Sainz and Ferrari teammate Leclerc.

Before rain hindered their runs, the drivers made their way onto the track with brand-new sets of light materials for their usual Friday afternoon qualifying competitions. It was Sainz who set the starting speed, before being lost by Verstappen, who was 1.1 seconds faster than the Spaniard.

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Then Leclerc crossed the line and climbed to second, the only driver to be within a second of Verstappen’s time. Sainz slipped further to fifth, thanks to an impressive performance by Lando Norris and Lance Stroll, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

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1: 45.507

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+ 0.862 seconds

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+ 1.082 seconds

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+ 1.128 seconds

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+ 1.142 seconds

It was a quiet afternoon for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton the sixth-fastest driver on the course, two points ahead of teammate George Russell – who had earlier been heard complaining about tire temperature problems – in eighth.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso found himself in a Mercedes sandwich in seventh, with soon-to-be departing McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in ninth, just over six-tenths of his teammate.

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Sergio Perez left it late to go into the fast lap and set a good enough time for the 10th, ahead of Alex Albon’s Williams, in 11th.

Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu set the fastest time on lap 12, ahead of AlphaTauri’s pair of Yuki Tsunoda in 13th and returning Pierre Gasly – who missed FP1 when rookie Liam Lawson took his car for Tour – in P14.

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Sebastian Vettel came home in P15, ahead of Esteban Ocon – who missed most of FP1 due to a mechanical issue – in 16th. Kevin Magnussen – World Health Organization Stop on the right track in FP1 With a battery issue – he’s back in action in FP2, but his best time was good enough for 17th place.

Another runner who missed most of the runs in the first practice session was Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo, in 18th, ahead of Nicholas Latifi in P19, with Haas of Mick Schumacher in 20th.

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